Coming soon: Xiaomi 12 to sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset

Xiaomi Mi 11 (Image credit: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi’s CEO and founder, Lei Jun, confirmed the name of its new smartphone – the Xiaomi 12, during Tech Summit 2021, where it also revealed the phone will be the first to feature the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. Our money is on it certainly being the best Xiaomi phone to date.

In his presentation, Jun also said the camera phone "will be available soon" but didn’t confirm a specific date. A recent leak suggested a launch date of 16 December in China, which now seems likely. As Xiaomi tends to launch its flagship phones in China first and then bring them to other markets later, we expect the pattern to be the same with the Xiaomi 12, although this is still to be confirmed. 

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Rachael Sharpe

Rachael is a British journalist with 18 years experience in the publishing industry. Since working on, she’s been freelancing, and contributing to some of the world’s best-loved websites and magazines including and and has also had a book, iPad for Photographers, published. She's currently acting as editor of - a website specializing in the latest cellular technology.